The latest resolution that I've made with the children is to do with our weekly routine.
- Monday night we have Top Ender at Brownies, so Big Boy and I play computer games together.
- Tuesday night we occasionally have Faith in God or we catch up on chores.
- Wednesday night we have Family Home Evening (it's basically a study, prayer and then a few other activities that we do together session).
- Thursday night we have Big Boy at Beavers, so Top Ender and I go for a walk and play in the park or read.
- Friday night... well Friday night is treat night.
My first idea, was that one week we'd do something simple like go for a walk in the woods, or round one of the many lakes in Milton Keynes. The next week we might go to a local soft play or a farm or something. The next week we might have a bite to eat out or I might take the children to a bakery and let them pick a treat. The next week we might watch a movie at home with popcorn or nachos and then the next week we'd either start all over again or do something else that we've come up with.
I even asked on my Facebook page for suggestions of things to do and got a lot of replies. I didn't specify that it was for a Friday treat, instead I asked "What great fun activities can you think of for children to do after School that are either free or have a low cost?"
Bug hunting at a beauty spot, if it's been rainy make it a muddy bug hunt
Board games - check out boardgamegeek website for lots you have never heard of
Making cup cakes, invest in all the ingredients sprinklings and decorations and they will last for ages x A trampoline is great, again is cost money initially but then great fun, I have all my daughters friends round who live in flats.
Yesterday I popped into my local fabric shop and found a piece of thin patterned material in their bargain bin. It's currently being used as a den, draped over a few bits of furniture in the living room. Might make it into something for dress ups when that novelty wears off (though probably just a poncho as I can't sew for toffee.
Also - save every magazine, leaflet, all sorts. Go to Poundland and stock up on junk and glue, and they can either make a collage or a model. When I was a kid my mum had a special cupboard just for "rainy day" activities where she stored things anyone else would have called junk!
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the local park for an hour, a long walk (making up games on route, (board games night, Cooking night let them "cook" dinner. Craft Night, Give them a pile of "rubbish" empty cereal boxes, toilet rolls, junk mail etc, a tube of pritt/stapler and challenge them to make a monster. Give them a night off, and just let them play on their own. It's ok.
library visit. Games & activities focused around favourite books.
So I'm still thinking about some great ideas for Friday night treats. What would you most like to do with your family on a Friday?